Dalet announced at the IBC 2009 Exhibition (stand 8 B.77) that Czech Radio has migrated its radio broadcast operation to Dalet Radio Suite HD, an enterprise media asset management (MAM) audio news production and music programming solution. A Dalet customer since 1998, Czech Radio is the Czech Republic’s national public radio broadcaster with 6 main radio stations (4 digital on DVB-T) in Prague and 12 regional stations located throughout the country. Phase one of the installation equipped 2 of the Prague stations with Dalet Radio Suite HD; providing end-to-end news production and playout capabilities. The seamless workflow facilitates a fluid exchange of content between Czech Radio’s main facilities and the 12 regional stations.
“The Dalet system delivers an editorial workflow expertly adapted to the audio reporting environment. The integration of Dalet journalist production tools with the Dalet content catalogue provides our large team a very simple way to not only access late breaking stories, but to actually assemble and broadcast these packages on the fly with extreme efficiency,” said Martin Zadrazil, Technical Director of Czech Radio. “Thanks to the new Dalet upgrade, we now have flexible content making it far easy to use and re-use adding immense value to the final package.”
“We have developed our systems to apply the same principles used for managing content for TV News to Radio News. This means content, regardless of broadcast medium, has to be readily available with detailed metadata information and instructions at any point in the workflow,” said Stephane Schlayen, Chief Operating Officer, Dalet SA. “This is critical strategy for large public broadcasters such as Czech Radio. They have multiple stations, a very dynamic program schedule and a large content catalogue in which assets must be mobile. Dalet has purpose-built solutions to manage these workflows and optimize the use and ultimately the value of assets across even the most complex production chains.”
Dalet integrates the entire production and playout workflow for Czech Radio. Multi-channel ingest and newsroom computer system manage incoming wires from Reuters, DPA, AFP and the Czech Press Agency. All content is indexed with detailed metadata and centralized in the Dalet content catalogue. Over 40 Dalet journalist workstations are connected to the content catalog and provide production tools for story creation. Dalet InterWeb provides hundreds of journalists production tools and access to the content catalog from the field. Broadcast is done from three playout studios fully managed by the Dalet OnAir.
About Czech Radio
Czech Radio, specifically some of its nation-wide and regional stations, is listened to on an average day by nearly 64,6% of the Czech population over the age of 12. Multimedia research conducted by the company MEDIA PROJEKT during the first quarter of 2009 found that Czech Radio has a 23% share of the radio audience in the Czech Republic. The average listen to Czech Radio is 3,6 hours a day. Some 2,72 million listeners, or almost a third of Czechs over the age of 12, listen to a Czech Radio station at least once a week. In a very competitive environment of commercial broadcasting, three nationwide and over 60 regional or local radio stations, Czech Radio 1 – Radiožurnál has for a long time been among the most successful. In the monitored period Radiožurnál was the most listened to radio station in the Czech Republic and reached over 819 thousand listeners a day, e.g. 8,6% of the Czech population over the age of 12. Among regional public service radio stations the most listened to are Czech Radio České Budějovice, Czech Radio Brno and Czech Radio Plzeň.
Dalet is a worldwide leader in software that empowers broadcasters and content professionals to produce and manage audio and video content in a digital, multi-platform world. Dalet media asset management (MAM) solutions streamline production costs and increase revenue opportunities by simplifying the distribution of rich-media assets across both interactive and traditional platforms.
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